Back in May, Apple created a surprise by announcing a high-result lossless audio streaming upgrade for its members at no extra cost. Spatial audio based on Dolby Atoms also appeared as a free upgrade for existing members of Apple Music. At that time, Apple only released in the international market, keeping Indian customers for the time being. This is no longer a problem for India as Apple has finally enabled these two features.
Starting today, Apple will allow you to stream high-race lossless audio, including spatial audio, for free through Apple Music. The feature is available for customers of Apple products such as iPhone, iPod, Mac and iPad on Android devices. The feature needs to be enabled from the settings menu of the Apple Music app and if you want some guidance about it, we have made the process easy.
How to enable high-race lossless, special audio in Apple Music?
The process is easy for both iPhone and Mac.
– Open the Settings app and scroll to “Music”.
– Under the “Audio Quality” option, select “High-Race Lossless”.
– For spatial audio, tap the “Dolby Atoms” option and select “Automatic”. For non-Apple earbuds, select “Always”.
– Once done, go back to Apple Music and you’ll see the “Lossless” and “Dolby Atoms” tags below the supported tracks. Apple has created several playlists across different genres and regions to get you started with Dolby Atmos Audio.
– Open the Apple Music application.
– From the menu, select “Preferences”.
– Click on the “Playback” tab.
– Audio quality option includes “Lossless Audio”.
Things to remember before you activate
Keep in mind that you’ll need compatible audio gear to enjoy high-resolution lossless audio and special audio. Spatial Audio is enabled by default with the following Apple Audio products:
– AirPods and AirPods Pro
– Airpods max
– Built-in speakers on iPhone XR and more new, iPad Air 3RD General and more new models. The iPhone SE 2020 does not support spatial audio output via speakers.
When it comes to high-resolution lossless audio, none of the AirPods models will support the format. You need to invest in an audio deck that can plug into your MacBook or your iPhone and a compatible professional-grade headphone.
Is high-race lossless audio worth the extra investment?
For most casual music listeners, the answer is a simple no. Also, note that a fraction of Apple Music’s library supports the new format right now.
If you do not have compatible audio gear, it is advisable not to switch to high resolution lossless audio, as these files will consume your mobile data or storage (after downloading). Apple itself warns you when you turn settings from settings.